Grace men's golf places second at Bethel

SOUTH BEND - Grace’s men’s golf team rode a strong first-round performance to place second at the Battle at Blackthorn on Monday and Tuesday.

The Lancers shot 605 in the tournament, finishing just two strokes away from the overall leader Lewis.

Grace enjoyed an incredible opening round on Monday. The Lancers fired a 291 as a team, eight strokes better than the rest of the field.

The top three players on the leaderboard were all Lancers as well. Payton Kelly shot a 70 to lead all players, and Blake Lawson (71) and Noah Wright (72) were right behind.

Camden Gongwer shot a 78 to give Grace four players in the 70s.

The second round saw a slight rise in strokes for Grace. Gongwer was an exception, lowering his total to 75 on Tuesday to place eighth overall.

Grace had three players finish in the top 10. Wright’s 149 was good for third on the individual leaderboard, Kelly’s 150 placed fifth, and Lawson and Gongwer tied for eighth with tournament totals of 153.

Parker Wilburn rounded out Grace’s scoring with a total 167 in his collegiate debut.


Grace Men's Tennis Remains Perfect On Season

WINONA LAKE - Grace’s men’s tennis team picked up a pivotal win on Monday, defeating Marian 5-2.

The Lancers kept their perfect season intact, improving to 6-0 in the Crossroads League.

The win sets up a likely league-deciding doubleheader on Wednesday. Only three undefeated teams remain in the league (Grace, Huntington, Indiana Wesleyan). All three will play each other on Wednesday at IWU.

Grace faces the host IWU at 9:30 a.m. today, followed by Huntington at 1:30 p.m. The Lancers (6-0, 6-0 CL) will have completed the league season after Wednesday’s matches.

The Lancers were in a battle with the Knights (2-2, 2-2 CL) at nearly every court. Max Rozas and Fabricio Galvan muscled to a 6-4 win at No. 2 doubles. Ramiro Candia and Mauricio Corty clinched the doubles’ point with a 6-3 win at No. 3.

In singles, Galvan got Grace off to a strong start with a 6-3, 6-2 victory at No. 3. Pavle Popovic finished soon after, picking up a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 5.

Rozas secured the team victory at the top singles’ court, winning 6-2, 6-4. David Sandi added an insurance point with a 6-3, 3-6, 10-5 victory at No. 4 singles.

Monday’s win was also Grace’s first against Marian since 2017.

The Lancers return to action on Monday with the Spring Arbor Invitational at The Grande Golf Club.